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Upholstered Stool (Round)

 

Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.

Freshen the look of your furniture with embroidered upholstered stool covers.

Add a new dimension to home decor by adding an embroidered upholstery cover to a round stool (click here for instructions for a square or rectangular stool cover).

With embroidery and fabrics you love, it will add a stylish and personal touch to any room.


Read on for project instructions!


Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.

Supplies Needed:

**Wooden stool (the seat portion of my stool is 11 1/2" in diameter)

**1/2 yard sturdy fabric (I used heavy weight linen)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

**Polyester fiberfill


**Furniture tacks (sometimes called "decorative nails" -- mine are 7/16" size. I used a total of 32 nails.)


**Masking tape

**Small hammer

**Tape measure
 


Designs Used:

For this tutorial, I used the medium size of the Pansy - Watercolor design. Designs from the Suzani Garden Design Pack would also be lovely on a stool cover. Or choose from the Blooming Meadows design release, with lots of shapes just right for a round stool cover!



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 

To begin, lay the fabric flat with the right side facing up. Flip the stool over and place it face down in the center of the fabric (leave at least 4" of excess fabric around the outer edges of the stool). Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, trace the stool shape onto the fabric.



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 


Remove the stool and create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you are new to using templates to place designs, see these instructions for more information about making and using templates. 

Position the template on the fabric within the shape. I centered the design within the shape. To do this, measure equal distances between the center of the template and the outer edges of the fabric from side to side and from top to bottom. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric.  Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.  Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 

When the design has finished, trim the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery. 



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 

Measure the side edge of the seat portion of the stool.  Take that number and add 1 1/2" (mine measured 3/4" plus 1 1/2" equals 2 1/4"). Take that measurement and measure and make marks out from the outer edges of the shape. Then, draw curved lines connecting the marks. Cut out the shape along the outer lines you just drew.



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 


Now it is time to add the fabric to the stool! Lay the fabric onto the stool (right side facing up) and align the inner lines with the edges of the stool. Using masking tape, tape the side edges in place so the fabric will not slip for the next step. Next, starting at the top or bottom, fold the outer edge of the fabric over 1/2". Align the folded edge with the bottom edge of the side of the seat portion, and tack a nail in place at the edge of the fabric. Remove the tape and repeat this at the top and sides making sure to keep the traced inner lines aligned with the edges of the seat portion at all times.



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 

Now that four edges of the fabric are secured in place, it is time to add the cushion. Fill the seat with polyester fiberfill (in between the fabric and the seat portion) until it is firm, but so that the fiberfill is not spilling out of the openings in the fabric.  More fiberfill can be added later on, if desirable (see the next step).



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 


Create four pleats around the edge of the fabric. To do this, using a tape measure, measure and mark the center point in between two of the nails by measuring and dividing by two. At the center point, fold the fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side. Then, pinch and fold the fabric together about 1/2" along each side of the center point (leave about one inch of fabric in between the folds).

Bring the folds in towards the center point and lay them flat. Doing this should allow the fabric in between the pleats and the nails to lay flat against the edge of the seat. If the fabric looks loose, pinch more of the fabric into the folds to tighten it up (this tightens up the slack in the fabric). 



Align the folds with the bottom edge of the side of the seat portion and tack it in place with a nail. At this point, decide if you want to add more fiberfill. If so, using a blunt object (like the eraser end of a pencil) push the fiberfill around to even it out and add more if necessary. Repeat the pleating process in between each of the other three sets of nails. Then, fold the remaining loose edges under 1/2", align the folds with the bottom edge of the seat portion, and add nails about every inch along the bottom edges of the folds. And you are done!



Free project instructions to upholster a round stool with embroidery.
 

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